Did you know that Peel newcomers’ use of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services actually declines within their first 5 years in Canada? For example, a family with a 1-year-old who moved to Peel from Syria five years ago is less like to engage in services than a family with a 1-year-old who move to Peel from Syria last year.  This finding came out of the Building Healthy Child Development report– research that PCYI conducted in 2012 with over 1,500 Peel parents. Success By 6 Peel, with a grant from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, sought out to explore why. After consultations with service providers, cultural and faith leaders, and of course newcomer parents themselves, we published a report that helps to answer the question why and puts forward recommendations as to how we can help to retain newcomer engagement in ECD services. In this video blog, Shelina Jeshani, Director of Success By 6 Peel, talks about the project and the report. Watch below and view the whole report here.

Engaging Newcomers in Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services